Access Scholarship for Students who are Care Leavers from Australian State or Foster Care - Direct

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All Access Scholarships are partly funded by the Federal Department of Education’s Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPPP). HEPPP aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university get the opportunity to do so. Students offered this scholarship may undertake any undergraduate degree course at Swinburne.

Courses eligible

Any undergraduate course offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Access Scholarship for Students who are Care Leavers from Australian State or Foster Care, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a current Swinburne student and be commencing in your course in 2021 (Semester 1 or Semester 2)
  3. Be of care leaver background; you must provide evidence the you have been in: foster, kinship, residential or permanent care. Examples can include a formal letter confirming that you have been in care, or perhaps a copy of a court order. 
  4. Provide evidence of financial hardship and low-socio economic status. Examples can include: evidence of Centrelink, Job Keeper or a copy of your most recent tax return. A health care card because of low income would also be acceptable.

Please note: Previous recipients of any type of Swinburne University ACCESS (Equity) Scholarship are not eligible to apply for any other Swinburne University ACCESS (Equity) Scholarship.


This scholarship is valued at $5,000 for one year only to assist with study costs.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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